I've had my rower for three years now. Initially I bought as a little something when I was in one of my "new lease of life" phases, along with the exercise mat, slimfast, new tracksuit etc. However, all the rest have disappeared but I still lurve my rower to pieces! The Oxford E is a middle of the range rower for people of all levels of fitness. It has a central single pull, a stroke counter and a calorie burner (works out at one calorie per nine strokes), a moving seat (essential for a rowing machine - hehe). It also monitors the time for which you have rowed. The length of the cord can be easily varied to increase or release tension - obviously depending on how hard you wish to work. Some people say rowing machines are a bit boring but to be honest park one in front of the television and you can both stimulate the mind (depending on what you watch - Star Trek fans please take note!)and get a good hard work out. The machine is robust and shows little wear, despite frequent use. The only noticeable signs of age can be seen along the bar taht the seat slides because the paint has peeled off slightly. There is a little sticker on the front picturing exercises you can use the machine for and also shows which muscles they use. This is actually quite helpful and gives you a head-start. The rower usually costs approx £120, but I got mine for £60 as an ex-demo model. IIt is widely stocked in good sport shops and is also available in Argos. Definitely worth considering whether you are an occasional exerciser or a regular "Sport Billy"